Share Paper: Making the Virtual World Yours: Building, Avatar Personalization, and Teaching in Second Life

  1. Carolyn Lowe, Northern Michigan University, United States
  2. J. Kevin Lowe, Northern Michigan University, United States

Abstract: Many educators have experimented with virtual worlds such as Second Life or one of the newer OpenSim platforms. However, many explore but choose not to participate fully because they are concerned with the amount of time it might take to learn some basic skills needed for proceeding in an educational setting. Surprisingly, the skills do not really take that much time to learn but the idea seems daunting to new users of virtual worlds without some guidance. This workshop is designed for the novice user to learn a few skills including introductory building, customizing their avatar, and using “teacher tools” ...